Him that overcometh will I make a pillar
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. Revelation 3.12.
Most famous, who have overcome temptations best, from the world, the flesh, and the devil; yet, considering that all the promises before made to those who overcome are of another life. It seems best rather interpret this so, that God would make such a one of fame and renown in heaven, great in the kingdom of heaven, Matthew 5: 19.
to sit upon a throne there, Matthew 19:28. He shall have a higher degree of glory, for stars differ from one another in glory, 1st Corinthians 15:41. pillars being not only for support, but ornament, and principal parts in buildings.
And he shall go no more out; he shall have an eternal inheritance, of which he shall not be dispossessed.
And I will write upon him the name of my God; as men use, upon pillars and monuments erected for their own use and honour, to write their names; so, I will peculiarly own, and challenge such a one for myself.
And the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem; and I will write upon him: This man is an inhabitant of the new Jerusalem. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. John 17: 22,24.
22.And I have given to them the glory which thou gavest to me. Let it be observed here, that, while a pattern of perfect happiness was exhibited in Christ, he had nothing that belonged peculiarly to himself, but rather was rich, to enrich those who believed in him. Our happiness lies in having the image of God restored and formed anew in us, which was defaced by sin.
Christ is not only the lively image of God, in so far as he is the eternal Word of God. but even on his human nature, which he has in common with us, the likeness of the glory of the Father has been engraved, to form his members to the resemblance of it.
Paul also teaches us this, that we all, with unveiled face, by beholding THE GLORY OF GOD, are changed into the same image, 2nd Corinthians 3:18.
Hence it follows, that no one ought to be reckoned among the disciples of Christ, unless we perceive the glory of God impressed on him, as with a seal, by the likeness of Christ. To the same purpose are the words which immediately follow:
John 17:22. And the glory which thou hast given me I have given them, that they may be one even as we are one. Jesus had prayed that all believers might be one as He and the Father were one. He now turns to what He Himself had done that He might affect this end.
We have already seen that the ‘glory’ referred to is that of self-sacrificing love, brought out from amidst the taunts with which men met it when displayed in Jesus, and owned by the Father as the only true glory.
Such a glory Jesus had given to His people that, in living fellowship with the Father and the Son, they may be one in Them. Not worldly honour or station, the favour of kings, the patronage of statesmen, or the wealth of nations, was their glory; but the gift to love, and to sacrifice themselves for the world’s good. Then in that love would they be one, even as the Father and the Son are one.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one. This verse is to be viewed as the proper complement of the former one.
Our Lord had prayed that those who believed in Him might be one, and one in the Unity of the Father and the Son. But what grounds were there for expecting such a thing, or rather, what materials existed for bringing it about? The answer to that question is what we have in the present verse.
“In order,” says Jesus, “that they may be one, even as We are one, I have given unto them the glory which Thou hast given unto Me.” The glory, then, here meant is all that which Jesus received from the Father as the incarnate Redeemer and Head of His people.
The glory of a perfect acceptance as the spotless Lamb-the glory of free access to the Father and the right to be heard always the glory of the Spirit’s indwelling and sanctification the glory of divine support and victory over sin, death, and hell the glory of finally inheriting all things.
This glory, Jesus says not, ‘I will give,’ but “I have given them;” thus teaching us that this glory is the present heritage of all that believe, and the divine provision-the heaven-provided furniture for their attaining even here to that exalted Unity among themselves which would stamp the mission of their Lord as divine even in the eyes of the world.
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.